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Randonneuring & Conditioning Q?(4 posts)

Randonneuring & Conditioning Q?KeeponTrekkin
Nov 7, 2003 8:36 AM
I'm assessing training and randonneuring issues. BTW, I'm over 50. I recently calculated power based on measured climbing time, distance and elevation gain (analyticcycling.com). It was a lengthy test, repeated 3 times so I think it gave me a reliable indication of my "comfortable" aerobic capacity. (Who needs a lab!)

What percentage of your aerobic power capability (e.g. watts) can you expect to produce throughout a brevet?

Alternatively, what speeds (level road) can you expect to maintain?

Any thoughts? Thanks
HIGHLY subjectiveJS Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2003 9:44 AM
depends on the rider, conditions, wind, weather, road, surface, elevation gain, temperature, bike and equipment, companions, and state of mind.

for comarison, on the *same* course, my brevet data from this year:

3/1 200k 140.32 miles 9:38 on bike 10:20 total 14.5 mph avg on bike

notes: 3" snow on the ground + frequent ice patches.

3/29 300k 186.58 miles 13:24 on bike 15:50 total 13.9 mph avg on bike

notes: 15-20+ mph constant head and crosswinds for last 90 miles. rain, hail sleet.

4/26 400k 250.26 miles 14:01 on bike 16:47 total time 17.8 mph avg on bike

notes: rode with strong group (dale & co); weather and temps ideal.

5/24 600k 251.96 miles 16:09 on bike 27 hours total time 15.6 mph avg on bike

quit after unexpected overnight stay. should have been prepared for cold and rain despite weather forecast.
A guy did an email poll of Paris-Brest-Paris riders...Lon Norder
Nov 7, 2003 10:36 AM
Of the 26 people who responded, here were their average brevet speeds:

200K Average Speed 21.6 kh
300K Average Speed 20.7 kh
400K Average Speed 20.8 kh
600K Average Speed 19.1 kh

By the way, there were lots of randonneurs over 50 at PBP.
ThanksKeeponTrekkin
Nov 7, 2003 6:01 PM
I've been using analytic cycling. I calculated my watts of power. I'll estimate the watts I would need based on these speeds. It will help my assessment. I know I can't put out 100% aerobic power for a 24 hour day. I'm wondering if it can be 80 or only 50%.....